Written answers

Monday, 8 October 2007

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • 10 Downing Street

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what changes he has made to No. 10 Downing street since 27 June 2007 to make it more environmentally friendly.

    • 10 Downing Street: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was spent on refurbishments and improvements to No. 10 Downing street in (a) June and (b) July 2007.

      Auctions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the Government-approved auction houses.

      Charities: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the Government's policy is on paying foregone interest when money owed or promised to charities is delayed.

      Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library a copy of the design and procurement option under consideration for the refurbishment for the heritage Cabinet...

      Departments: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, column 35W, on departments: freedom of information, and the Ministry of Justice...

      Departments: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many receptions have been held by his Department since May 2005; broken down by (a) date, (b) venue, (c) purpose, (d) host, (e) who paid,...

      Departments: Railways

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.

      Emergency Services: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what arrangements there are for collaboration between the Emergency Planning College and the Fire Service College for training in multi-agency response.

      Minister for the Olympics and for London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the total estimated annual cost is of (a) expenses, (b) salary, (c) office space, (d) administrative support and (e) special advisers for...

      Non-Profit Making Associations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what record has been kept of charities and social enterprises launched as part of Government initiatives since 1997.

      Non-Profit Making Associations: Grants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much grant funding was given to third sector organisations by (a) the Active Community Directors' and (b) the Social Enterprise Unit in each...

      Office of the Third Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the purpose is of the review of the Office of the Third Sector; and how long it is planned to take.

      Office of the Third Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the results of the review of the Office of the Third Sector will be made publicly available.

      Terrorism: Memorial Day

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what plans she has to promote and contribute towards the European Union's Memorial Day for the victims of terrorism, in 2008; and if she will make a statement.

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library a copy of the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit report on variable charging for domestic rubbish collection.

  • Wales

    • Brofiscan Quarry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received about the polluting of Brofiscan Quarry in South Wales.

    • Brofiscan Quarry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales who will be liable for the cost of the damage caused by the polluting of Brofiscan Quarry in South Wales.

      Brofiscan Quarry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the cost of the damage caused by the polluting of Brofiscan Quarry in South Wales.

      Departments: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales to which periodicals his Department subscribes.

  • Scotland

    • Departments: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent by his Department on taxis in the last 12 months.

    • Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions have taken place since the Scottish Parliamentary elections in May between the Secretary of State and returning officers on the process...

      Historic Scotland: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many press officers are employed by Historic Scotland.

      Holyrood Parliament Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of the construction costs of the Scottish Parliament building was provided from central Government funding.

      Voting Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the Government's review of the experience of new voting systems will take account of information to be reported by the current Electoral...

  • International Development

    • ACP and Developing Countries: Common Sugar Regime

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations his Department has received from African, Pacific and Caribbean countries on implementation of the reform...

    • ACP and Developing Countries: Common Sugar Regime

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the effect on sugar producers in developing countries of the implementation of the reform of...

      Departments: Public Private Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department provided to the public-private infrastructure advisory facility in each year since its inception.

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to establish the first global roster for education in emergencies since the announcement of its...

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of the £20 million funding announced on 5 April for activities in emergency and post-crisis countries over the...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment his Department has made of the humanitarian situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea; and if he...

      North Korea: Non-Governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions his Department has had with AIDCO and ECHO on support for the work of non-governmental organisations in the...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department channelled through the (a) World Bank, (b) International Monetary Fund, (c) United Nations and (d)...

      Overseas Aid: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department has provided for water projects in the last 10 years, broken down by (a) project and programme and (b)...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to provide assistance to Palestinians at the Rafah border crossing.

      South East Asia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance he made available to those countries in south-east Asia affected by the floods there.

      Sudan: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the US$ 100 million promised to the Eastern Sudan Reconstruction and Development Fund has been delivered; and what (a)...

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will estimate the number of civilians affected by the situation in Darfur and unable to access humanitarian aid due to the level...

      UN High Commissioners for Refugees: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many press officers are employed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Clergy: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2007, Official Report, column 1592W, on clergy: sexual offences, whether the information submitted to the...

    • Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the name is of each special adviser in his Department.

      Departments: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been appointed to his Department outside Civil Service grades in the last 30 days.

      Departments: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by his Department on taxis in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by his Department on (a) first class and (b) business class flights in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by his Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many overseas visits were made by (a) officials and (b) Ministers within his responsibility, and at what cost, in each year since 1997.

      Sexual Offences: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answers of 25 June 2007, Official Report, columns 20-2W, on sexual offences and 10 July 2007, Official Report, columns...

      Vetting: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Criminal Records Check applications were received in each of the last three calendar years, broken down by category; how many have been...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Aerials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many mobile phone masts are on the Valuation Office Agency's ratings list in England.

    • Allotments: Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has provided to local authorities in relation to public liability and allotments.

      Allotments: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) approvals and (b) rejections of the sale or disposal of allotments under the Allotments Act 1925 have been made by...

      Audit Commission: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many press officers are employed by the Audit Commission.

      Council Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council tenants in London are classed as living in overcrowded accommodation.

      Council Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average waiting time was for council housing in each London borough in each of the last 10 years.

      Council Tax: South East Government Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the council tax collection rates of (a) Gravesham, (b) other councils in Kent and...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 12 July 2007, Official Report, column 1629W, on...

      Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 24 July 2007, Official Report, column 957W, on Departments: Legislation, which (a) sections and (b)...

      Departments: Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the ministerial responsibilities of each of her ministerial team are.

      Departments: Private Finance Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many private finance initiatives projects her Department expects to sign in each of the next three years.

      Departments: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by her Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by her Department on (a) staff training and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.

      Derelict Land: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of new homes were built on brownfield sites in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Emergency Services: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the role played by the Gloucestershire tri-service centre during recent floods and water shortages.

      Emergency Services: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will review the decision to break up the Gloucestershire tri-service centre.

      English Partnerships: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many press officers are employed by English Partnerships.

      Equality: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the UK Government have received a reasoned opinion from the European Commission on the implementation of the race...

      First Time Buyers: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the mean age of a first-time buyer was in each year since 1997.

      Floods: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requests she received in July 2007 for assistance with flooding recovery and humanitarian aid by Bassetlaw District Council...

      Floods: EC Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what European Union assistance is available to help rebuild communities damaged by floodwater; and if she will make a...

      Greenbelt: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reason the Green Belt Boundary Layer was removed from her Department's Maps On Tap database March 2007 data update.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove) of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove) of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings Ministers from her Department have had with the Association of Home Information Pack Providers in the last 12 months.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations her Department has received from (a) Flint Bishop solicitors and (b) Labour Legal Services in the last 12...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) home information packs and (b) energy performance certificates may include the unique property reference number or...

      Home Information Packs: Valuation Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the Valuation Office Agency has not been granted access to the home condition report database.

      Homelessness: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households in (a) South Cambridgeshire and (b) East Cambridgeshire were accepted as homeless in each year since 1997.

      Homelessness: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage of people were (a) homeless and (b) on the council housing waiting list in each London borough in...

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the legal status is of housing associations.

      Housing Corporation: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many press officers are employed by the Housing Corporation.

      Housing Green Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many hard copies of the 2007 Housing Green Paper were printed and then discarded following the last minute changes to the...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's definition is of a zero carbon residential dwelling.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have made of the effect on construction costs of building a...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local planning authorities in each (a) region and (b) county have approved (i) local development framework core...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the number of house building starts and completions there have been in each of the last four...

      Housing: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which public sector bodies are entitled to undertake (a) primary disclosures and (b) secondary disclosure of information from...

      Housing: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of (a) home condition reports and (b) energy performance certificates (EPCs) that...

      Housing: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the URLs are for the (a) Energy Performance Certificate database and (b) Home Condition Report database.

      Housing: Empty Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty homes in the private and social sectors she plans to bring back into use; and if she will make a statement.

      Housing: Empty Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on her plans to encourage a greater take-up of empty dwelling management orders.

      Housing: Empty Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty homes there were in (a) South Cambridgeshire and (b) East Cambridgeshire in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether research has been conducted by her Department and its predecessor into the manner in which the EU directive on energy...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) enforcement notices were served and (b) prosecutions were brought as a result of non-compliance with the energy...

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the submissions to the consultation on the most recent revision to PPS25.

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many homes built in the last 10 years suffered flood damage in June and July 2007; (2) what her most recent estimate...

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the source is of the dataset Areas of Land at Risk of Flooding held on her Department's MapsOnTap database.

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of new domestic dwellings were built in areas of flood risk in each Government office region in England in the...

      Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new homes were built in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 July 2007, Official Report, column 745W, on Housing: Immigration, how many of the additional...

      Housing: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) mean and (b) median time is for (i) a home inspector and (ii) a domestic energy assessor to be fully accredited.

      Housing: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number and proportion of trained and accredited (a) home inspectors and (b) domestic energy...

      Housing: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authority houses were (a) sold and (b) demolished in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many shared equity homes are on the National Register of Social Housing in England.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which Minister approved the establishment of the National Register of Social Housing; and on what date approval was given.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the (a) Social Homebuy, ( b) Open Markets Homebuy and (c) New Build Homebuy schemes apply to social tenants in Wales.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department has a target for the number of Social HomeBuy sales between 2005 and 2010.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the business case for the National Register of Social Housing.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many private developments have met the 50 per cent. affordable housing target since its inception, broken down by London borough.

      Housing: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes have been made to the recommendations in Planning Policy Statement 3 on the minimum and maximum amount of car...

      Housing: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of (a) housing association and (b) private sector housing within Peterborough constituency was judged to be...

      Housing: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many houses were built by (a) private sector companies, (b) housing associations and (c) the local authority within the...

      Housing: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Valuation Office Agency's estimate is of the average increase in the capital value of a domestic dwelling from (a) a...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what number and proportion of homes sold each year are (a) one or two, (b) three and (c) four or more bedroomed properties.

      Housing: Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the planning procedure is relating to (a) drainage and (b) sewerage for new housing developments in (i) England and (ii)...

      Housing: Unique Property Reference Number

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic dwellings in England have a unique property reference number.

      Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households were on waiting lists for homes in Peterborough in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      Land Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to prevent land banking by housing developers.

      Land Use: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which Department has lead responsibility for maintaining the Register of Surplus Public Sector Land.

      Local Authorities (Model Code of Conduct) Order 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to amend the Local Authorities (Model Code of Conduct) Order 2007 during the course of 2007.

      Local Authorities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities had their bid for disabled facilities grant capital allocation for 2007-08 not met in full; what...

      Local Authorities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will publish the Government's response to the consultation on the Disabled Facilities Grant Programme: the Government's...

      Local Authorities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requests she has received from (a) Bassetlaw District Council, (b) Nottinghamshire County Council and (c) Manton...

      Local Authorities: Population Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from which local authorities her Department has received representations on the Government's estimation of their populations;...

      Local Government Finance Funding Changes Independent Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether representatives of her Department made any written submission or representation to the Lyons Inquiry on local government.

      Local Government: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has (a) to offer financial support to local government for equal pay between men and women and (b) to promote...

      Ordnance Survey Agency: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many press officers are employed by the Ordnance Survey Agency.

      Planning Inspectorate: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many appeals the Planning Inspectorate has ruled on in the last 24 months related to development on floodplains.

      Planning: Greenbelt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the Town and Country Planning (Residential Development on Greenfield Land) (England) Direction 2000 was cancelled.

      Planning: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on printing hard copies of (a) the 2007 Housing Green Paper, (b) the 2007 Planning White Paper and (c) the...

      Power Stations: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the provisions of the new PPS25 on development on flood plains apply to the development of power generation...

      Public Sector Relocation Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 19 June 2007, Official Report, column 1679W, on the Public Sector...

      QE2 Conference Centre: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many press officers are employed by the QE2 Conference Centre.

      Regional Assemblies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for how long the regional assemblies outside London will receive central Government grant.

      Regional Development Agencies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the change in funding will be for regional development agencies when they are designated as regional planning bodies.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's definition is of (a) sub-national and (b) sub-regional governance.

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local authorities will have the power (a) to veto and (b) to amend the new integrated regional spatial strategies of...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the timetable is for the publication of the new integrated regional strategies; and how the roll-out of the existing...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 July 2007, Official Report, column 752W, on rights of way, whether the Independent Planning...

      South East England Regional Assembly: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many press officers are employed by the South East England Regional Assembly.

      Stakeholder Advisory Panel on Home Buying and Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what dates the Stakeholder Advisory Panel on Home Buying and Selling has met.

      Structure Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what adopted structure plans are in force in each (a) region and (b) county; and what the date is (i) of their adoption and...

      Structure Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to reach a decision on the savings of policies from those structure plans in each (a) region and (b) county...

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many civil penalties have been issued for failing to provide the Valuation Office Agency with information to value...

      Valuation Office: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the expenditure by the Valuation Office Agency was in relation to conducting a non-domestic rating assessment of the Big...

      Valuebill XML Schema

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the Valuebill XML schema.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his assessment is of the strength and capabilities of the (a) Afghan National Army, (b) Afghan National Police and (c) Afghan Auxiliary Police Force.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures will be taken to ensure that forward operating bases in Afghanistan are kept supplied with necessary provisions during winter; and if he...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the primary method of transport is for supplies into the Afghan theatre.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many incidents of theft have been reported on British military supplies during transit from the port of debarkation in Pakistan to the final...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many attacks have been made on UK forces in Afghanistan in each month since October 2006.

      Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where the new aircraft carriers will be based.

      Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that any cooperation with France in order to reduce costs will not result in a delay for the introduction of the new aircraft carriers.

      Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many type 45 destroyers will be procured in order to provide escort security to the UK's new aircraft carriers.

      Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the expected cost is of each of the future aircraft carriers.

      Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the former target in-service dates of 2012 and 2015 have been replaced by 2014 and 2016 respectively for each of the future aircraft...

      Armed Forces: Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what resources his Department provides for the cultural education of personnel when deployed overseas.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK personnel are deployed on operations, broken down by location.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what UK military units have been on operations outside the United Kingdom in each year since 1997.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Single Living Accommodation units were upgraded to Standard One in each financial year since 1997.

      Armed Forces: Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what representations he has received on the Joint Personnel Administration system; (2) how many complaints he received from military personnel...

      Armed Forces: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the incidence of suicide by (a) serving members of the armed forces, (b) serving members of the armed forces who have served in a theatre of...

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the minimum age of entry into the UK armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Army Board: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether wives and partners of non-ministerial members of the Army Board are allowed to use official cars.

      Army Board: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of providing dress uniforms for all military members of the Army Board in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) inflow into and (b) outflow from the infantry was in each of the last 12 months.

      Army: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions in the last 12 months servicemen have been used to serve at functions for Guards Officers.

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many press officers are employed by the Defence Aviation Repair Agency.

      Defence Communications Services Agency: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many press officers are employed by the Defence Communications Services Agency.

      Defence Estates: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many press officers are employed by Defence Estates.

      Defence Science and Technology Laboratory: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many press officers are employed by the (a) Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and (b) UK Hydrographic Office.

      Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what legislative provisions introduced by his Department since 1997 have been repealed.

      Departments: Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 29 June 2007, Official Report, column 879W, on Departments: non-departmental public bodies, why the Fleet Air Arm Museum is...

      Departments: Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his official engagements were in the week of 16th to 21st July.

      Duke of York's Royal Military School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons funding for the Duke of York's Royal Military School's upgrade programme for boarding accommodations has been withdrawn; and if he will...

      EU Battle Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the certification process is for UK military units participating in the EU battle groups; and who certifies them.

      EU Battle Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what UK (a) brigade, (b) battalions and (c) companies formed the core of the EU battle group in the first half of 2005.

      EU Battle Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when UK military units participating in EU battle groups have to be certified for the 2008 EU battle group.

      Iraq: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2007, Official Report, columns 171-2W, on Iraq: armed forces, what changes were made to his Department's agreed plans...

      Iraq: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his assessment is of the capabilities of the Iraqi (a) army, (b) navy, (c) air force and (d) police in Multi-National Division South East.

      Iraq: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his assessment is of the capabilities of units in the 10th Division of the Iraqi Army to carry out autonomous operations.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2007, Official Report, column 1285W, on Iraq: peace keeping operations, what assessment he made of advice provided by...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the number of UK troops based in Iraq fell below 44,000.

      Military Aid: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received on the use of the armed forces to help tackle instances of flooding in England.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on progress on (a) acquiring six Merlin helicopters from Denmark and (b) converting eight Chinook helicopters; (2)...

      Military Exercises: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the budget was for military training exercises in each year since 1997; and what the estimated budget is for each of the next three years.

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contribution the Royal Navy will make to the EU Headline Goal 2010 and interim targets for 2008.

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what percentage of British military personnel do not live in permanent buildings in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan; (2) how many British military...

      Reserve Forces: Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the statement of 11 June 2007, Official Report, column 38WS, on Drivers' Hours (Derogation for Reservists), if he will place in the Library...

      UK Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the application of the Office of Fair Trading report on Commercial Use of Public Sector Information to the UK Hydrographic...

      UK Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the application of the economic review of trading funds to the UK Hydrographic Office.

      UK Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the review of the UK Hydrographic Office is expected to be published.

      UK Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions Ministers and officials in his Department working on the review of the UK Hydrographic Office have had with HM Treasury on the recently...

      Veterans Agency: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many press officers are employed by the Veterans Agency.

  • Transport

    • A15: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average daily volume of traffic was between each junction of the A15 within the Peterborough City Council boundaries in each year since 1997.

    • Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many reported contaminated air events there were in each of the last five years, broken down by aircraft type.

      Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on links between ill-health among air crew and fumes released from aircraft.

      Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how compliance with Civil Aviation Authority guidance on the use of oxygen masks in air contamination incidents is monitored and enforced.

      Airports: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the outcome was of the review of those airports which are not designated for police purposes; and if she will list those airports where the police...

      Airports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many security staff have been employed checking departing passengers at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick and (c) Stansted in each of the last 12...

      Airports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many items and what tonnage of material have been confiscated from departing passengers as a result of security checks at (a) Heathrow, (b)...

      Aviation: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of (a) the extent of overbooking in the airline industry and (b) the associated levels of risk to passengers of not...

      Aviation: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to ensure that all airline passengers are made aware of the risk of not being allowed to travel on their pre-booked flight due...

      Bull Bars: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what rules apply to the use of bull bars on cars in the UK.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many local authorities run night bus schemes; and if she will make a statement.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what projected central Government expenditure is per head of population for local public transport for (a) London, (b) each of the English passenger...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance her Department provides to bus operators on the priority to be given to users of pushchairs and wheelchairs when there is insufficient...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance her Department provides to bus operators on the safety implications of the carriage of more than one (a) wheelchair user and (b)...

      Buses: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of how many and what percentage of the bus fleet have hybrid engines, broken down by region.

      Car Hire: Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) accidents and (b) traffic offences occurred involving hire cars in each of the last five years.

      Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment the Government has made of the top speeds of the most popular cars currently using British roads and of trends in the advertised...

      Civil Aviation Authority: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many press officers are employed by the Civil Aviation Authority.

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were seriously injured in collisions between cyclists and pedestrians in each of the last five years.

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many traffic accidents there were involving cyclists in (a) Wirral, South and (b) Merseyside in each of the last five years.

      Cycling: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of cycle helmet wearing rates; and if she will make a statement.

      Derry City Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make a statement on the investigation of the runway subsidence incident at Derry City airport on 8 August 2007; and what the conclusions of...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency provides information about UK driving licence holders and registered owners of cars to (a) European...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what revenue the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency received from its use of 0870 numbers in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Driving Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was raised in fines from traffic cameras in Cambridgeshire in each of the last five years; and how much of the money raised was spent on road...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people (a) over and (b) under the age of 25 years held a full UK driving licence in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of (a) male and (b) female car driving licence holders have unendorsed licences.

      Driving: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 11 June 2007, Official Report, column 38WS, on drivers' hours (derogation for reservists), what steps...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of cars on British roads were electric or hybrid vehicles (a) 10 years ago and (b) at the most recent date for which figures are...

      Ferries: Lymington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations she has received on the environmental impact of plans to increase the water displacement of ferries between Lymington and...

      Freight: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what planning assumptions have been made about the likely growth in freight volumes through the port of Liverpool.

      Limehouse Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Safety Inspectorate last inspected c2c's platform capacity at Limehouse Station during peak travel times; and if she will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her most recent estimate is of the number of uninsured vehicles on British roads; and what assessment she has made of trends in numbers of...

      Departments: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many press officers are employed by Trinity House; (2) how many press officers are employed by the Northern Lighthouse Board.

      Departments: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many press officers are employed by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency; (2) how many press officers are employed by the Driving...

      Public Service Vehicles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she has taken to promote the use of low emission hybrid engines in public transport vehicles; and if she will make a statement.

      Railways: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which railway lines had services cancelled owing to flooded lines in June and July 2007.

      Railways: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many carriages are currently (a) in service and (b) out of service on the Kent Integrated Franchise.

      Railways: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) which platforms on the North Kent lines between London and Dartford need lengthening to accommodate 12 car trains; and when she expects this work...

      Railways: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the performance of (a) Southeastern Trains and (b) the previous operator for North Kent services between London and...

      Railways: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to increase railway capacity on services between Peterborough and London in terms of the number of (a) new carriages and (b)...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking with train operators to improve (a) ticket pricing, (b) onboard facilities and (c) punctuality.

      Railways: Stansted Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if officials in her Department will meet representatives of Central Trains to discuss the possibility of providing earlier weekday and weekend services...

      Road Traffic Control: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance is issued by the Department for Transport to highway authorities on consulting people with disabilities before the construction of...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatal accidents where a medical condition was a contributory factor were recorded in each of the last five years.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many people (a) over and (b) under the age of 25 years holding a full UK driving licence were killed in road accidents whilst driving a car...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were (a) killed and (b) injured in road accidents in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv)...

      Roads: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which stretches of motorways were closed in June and July 2007 because of floods.

      Roads: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on which (a) motorways and (b) trunk roads the Highways Agency used (i) water containment and (ii) pumps to respond to floods since the beginning of...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many programmed road surface repairs there are.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the likelihood of achieving the 2010 target for eliminating the road maintenance backlog.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of local authorities' budgets for road maintenance are required to be allocated to road preservation.

      Shipping: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many meetings have taken place between her Department and the Scottish Executive's (a) Marine Directorate and (b) Transport Directorate since May...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions her Department has had with the Transport Occupational Command Unit regarding (a) the number of crimes committed by illegal minicab...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to reduce the number of illegal minicab drivers operating in (a) London and (b) England.

      Taxis: Bus Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions her Department has had with (a) the Mayor of London's office and (b) Transport for London on the access of private hire vehicles to...

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 17 September 2007, Official Report, columns 2195-6W, on taxis: licensing, what assumptions were made about the (a) total...

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what checks her Department makes on non-British drivers who work with a valid licence as taxi drivers in the UK.

      Thameslink Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when work will commence to install the two extra rail lines north of London Bridge to accommodate Thameslink services; and when such work will be completed.

      Tolls: Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations she has received about the proposed congestion charge in Greater Manchester.

      Travel: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) which local authorities have implemented public transport discount schemes for those aged 18 years and under; (2) what guidance she has issued...

      Travel: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will bring forward amendments to the provisions of the transport legislation which prevent the disabled and medically disadvantaged from using...

      Travel: Paris

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of passenger journeys from (a) all English and (b) London airports in each of the last five years to (i) Paris and (ii)...

      Travel: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to promote walking and cycling strategies for young people, with particular reference to schemes other than the school journey.

      Travel: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to ensure that the views of those aged 18 years and under are taken into account in the consultation on the draft Transport Bill.

      Waste and Resources Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the Waste and Resources Action Programme's promotional campaign encouraging local authorities...

  • Leader of the House

    • Modernisation

      To ask the Leader of the House when she expects to announce further proposals to modernise the House.

    • Regional Select Committees

      To ask the Leader of the House what plans she has for the membership of the proposed regional select committees to reflect the composition of the House in respect of each such region.

      Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will ask the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons to consider proposals to allow statutory instruments to be amended in committee.

  • House of Commons Commission

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Adult Careers Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the (a) annual budget and (b) staff complement of the new adult careers service will be; and when will it be established.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprenticeship places there are; how many are filled; what the equivalent figures were in 2002; and what he expects...

      British National Space Centre: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary for State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many press officers are employed by the British National Space Centre.

      Career Development Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many career development loans have been issued in the last 12 months through each of the banks involved in the scheme.

      Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many press officers are employed by the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils.

      Departments: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many press officers are employed by (a) Skills for Care, (b) learndirect, (c) the Basic Skills Agency and (d) the...

      Departments: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much was spent on overnight accommodation by civil servants within his Department's areas of responsibilities in the last...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the value is of the unitary payments of each private finance initiative scheme overseen by his Department over the...

      Departments: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many overseas visits were made by (a) officials and (b) Ministers within his responsibility, and at what cost, in each...

      Economic and Social Research Council: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many press officers are employed by the Economic and Social Research Council.

      European Indicators Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure full participation in the European Indicators Project by official bodies and UK...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many higher education institutions there are in England, broken down by region.

      Higher Education Funding Council for England: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many press officers are employed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

      Higher Education: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many applications for university were made by students in the London borough of Bexley in 2006-07.

      Learning and Skills Council: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many press officers are employed by the Learning and Skills Council.

      Medical Research Council: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many press officers are employed by the Medical Research Council.

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which Department or agency is responsible for the operation of the UK Clinical Aptitude Test required for admission to...

      Office for Fair Access: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many press officers are employed by the Office for Fair Access.

      Overseas Students: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) whether student visas are issued to students wishing to study at Kelvin Business School in Glasgow; (2) what criteria...

      Patent Office: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many press officers are employed by the Patent Office.

      Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which cross-sector standards-setting bodies are to be invited to draw up their own qualification strategies and take the lead...

      Scientific Advisory Committees: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what the (a) total annual remuneration and (b) average annual remuneration payable to members of each scientific...

      Student: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will estimate the fee income for higher education providers as referred to in the written ministerial statement by the...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many complaints were made about late student loan payments to students in 2006-07.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many complaints have been received from graduates against the Student Loans Company in each of the last three years; and...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animals: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will review the adequacy of the maximum penalty for the neglect of and cruelty to animals.

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to monitor the effectiveness of the Environmental Stewardship schemes in rebuilding biodiversity...

      British Waterways: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many press officers are employed by British Waterways.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the estimated total level of carbon emissions in the UK was in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006; (2) what the...

      Carbon Emissions: Televisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the (a) cost of and (b) volume of carbon dioxide emissions produced by the energy consumption...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to promote the prevention of deforestation (a) in England and (b) globally as a means of...

      Coastal Areas: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many miles of UK coastline are not accessible to (a) walkers and (b) climbers.

      Countryside Agency: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many press officers are employed by the Countryside Agency.

      Dartmoor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received about access to Vixen Tor for climbers.

      Deer: Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received about damage caused by deer to forestry.

      Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made by (a) the Environment Agency and (b) his Department on the level of burning of domestic...

      Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding the waste and resource action programme provided to each local authority in (a) Wales, (b) Scotland and (c)...

      Domestic Wastes: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect on the recycling rates of local authorities of...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Energy Efficiency Commitment will include ring-fenced funding to assist hard to reach rural households.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps his Department is taking to provide energy efficiency measures suitable for rural consumers in hard to heat...

      English Nature: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many press officers are employed by English Nature.

      Environment Agency: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration is being given to making changes to the Environment Agency's budget in the light of this summer's floods.

      Environment Agency: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many press officers are employed by the Environment Agency.

      Environment Agency: Thames Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been allocated for maintenance to the Environment Agency's Thames Valley West region in each of the last three years.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the current specific heads of expenditure are for maintenance work carried out by the Environment Agency; what...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the policy of the Environment Agency is for handling river surges following heavy rainfall; and if he will make a statement.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of flood defences supervised by the Environment Agency and owned by third parties were classed as in good or...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who is responsible for surface water drainage in (a) Scotland and (b) England.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria he will use when deciding how to spend his Department's additional budget for flood defences for 2010-11;...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Environment Agency expects to publish amendments to its flood risk maps available to the public on their website...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals he has to extend the national guidance on managing flood risk.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are being considered to create, manage and improve existing flood plans, drainage and ditches systems to act as...

      Flood Control: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance is being given to farmers on (a) contour ploughing and (b) grass and natural planting along river banks to...

      Flood Control: Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what capital projects there are in the Environment Agency's forward programme to alleviate flooding along the River Loddon in...

      Flood Control: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the current estimate is of the coastal surge risk over the next four years; and how this estimate will be kept under review.

      Flood Control: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the Environment Agency to publish guidance to landowners on the maintenance of sea defences.

      Flood Control: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the Environment Agency to publish the (a) Blackwater and Colne Estuary Management Plan and (b) Crouch and...

      Flood Control: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the condition of sea defences in Maldon district.

      Flood Control: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many properties in (a) Maldon district and (b) Chelmsford borough are located in areas at one in 200 year risk of flooding.

      Flood Control: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to review the allocation of flood protection funds in Pickering.

      Flood Control: Oxford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Environment Agency has taken to divert water on to farmland adjacent to the River Thames above (a) Oxford and...

      Flood Control: West Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what additional support his Department is providing to ensure that those areas in Westmorland and Lonsdale which are...

      Floods: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what EU funding is available in the event of emergency flooding; what applications he has made to access this funding; what...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the cost of the 2007 foot and mouth outbreak to (a) farmers within the surveillance...

      Forestry Commission: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many press officers are employed by the (a) Rural Payments Agency and (b) Forestry Commission.

      Government Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the requests made to the Government for funding to maintain, upgrade or replace facilities at government-run...

      Hazardous Substances: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent meetings he has had with companies about (a) the polluter pays principle and (b) the disposal of toxic waste.

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what average amount households paid in 2006 to top up a Warm Front grant for an energy efficiency measure; and how many such...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many households in England received Warm Front grants in 2006; how many rural households in England received Warm Front...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made towards achieving the target laid down in section 217 of the Housing Act 2004 to ensure that by...

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of developments in the last decade have been on flood plains according to the Environment Agency's records.

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when he expects to announce access to the full flood mapping data and flood defence information for existing and...

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of properties flooded during June and July 2007 which were built after 1945.

      Joint Nature Conservation Committee: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many press officers are employed by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee.

      Landfill: Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of landfill sites which have been used for the disposal of toxic waste (a) in...

      Lighting: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what response the Government have made to the EU's extension for one year of duty on imports from China of energy saving...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to reply to the letter to the Under-Secretary of State (Biodiversity) dated 15 June 2007 from the hon. Member...

      National Parks: South Downs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will consider extending the period of public consultation on the boundary change designation of the South Downs...

      Ofwat: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many press officers are employed by Ofwat.

      Radioactive Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many sites in the United Kingdom are authorised under the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 to dispose of (a) low level...

      Recycling: Directories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of printed telephone directories (a) delivered and (b) recycled in the last 12...

      Recycling: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to increase the rate of recycling of packaging.

      Royal Botanic Gardens Kew: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many press officers are employed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

      Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the total cost of graffiti to the UK economy in a year.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has to work with the Department of Communities and Local Government on the implementation of the...

      Water: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether he plans to reassess the provision of water supplies in civil emergencies; (2) what assessment he has made of...

      Water: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which water companies had a hose pipe ban in force on (a) 26 July and (b) 8 October.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carer Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to improve the level of benefits for carers.

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time taken to agree an award of child support was over the last 12 months.

      Worklessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of trends in the level of worklessness among under 25 year olds since 1997.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the operation of the social fund.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consider the merits of establishing a separate credit bank social fund for low earners; and if he will make a statement.

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the adequacy of telephone-based systems for the delivery of crisis loans.

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the effects of aligning starting thresholds for council tax benefit with those for income tax.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest assessment is of the trend in levels of child poverty.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria are used to measure the effectiveness of the access to work programme.

      Child Support Agency: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what period of time the Child Support Agency Midlands Business Unit retains recordings of telephone calls from members of the public.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will discuss with ministerial colleagues steps to facilitate easier access to Judicial Review for parents owed money via the Child...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to (a) register private agreements for child maintenance and (b) set standards, monitor and enforce such private...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the new maintenance assessment under the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is designed to compensate for the costs of...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether any of the main objectives of the planned Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission will be to collect the arrears of child...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward plans to allow the courts to make child maintenance orders without the agreement of both parents where the courts are...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) people and (b) people in families with children live in households with below 40 per cent. of median income.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will introduce a system in his Department for the collection of information on child poverty at county level.

      Crisis Loans: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether the Government plan to increase the number of staff manning the Jobcentre Crisis Loan helpline; and if he will make a statement;...

      Departments: Cabinet Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Cabinet Committee meetings he has attended in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence has taken place between his Department and Cornwall county council on joint delivery of services at...

      Departments: Flowers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Junior Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total estimated annual cost is of (a) expenses, (b) salary, (c) office space, (d) administrative support and (e) special advisers...

      Departments: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by his Department on taxis in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were employed by call centres used by his Department in each year since 1997.

      Departments: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which overseas visits were undertaken by Ministers in his Department in the course of their duties in the last year; which overseas visits...

      Disability Rights Commission: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many press officers are employed by the Disability Rights Commission.

      Employment Schemes: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with disabilities were on employment programmes in 2007; and what the Department's targets for obtaining jobs for people with...

      Hard-to-Help Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consider the merits of improving arrangements to facilitate multi-agency mentoring and follow-through for hard-to-help families with...

      Health and Safety Executive: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many press officers are employed by the Health and Safety Executive.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the outcome was of his investigation of the feasibility of collecting information on the cost of housing benefit paid to households...

      Housing Benefit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of housing benefit fraud have been detected and resolved using the (a) Benefit Fraud Inspectorate, (b) Housing Benefit...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were claiming incapacity benefit in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each...

      Local Authorities Pensioner Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what grants have been made to local authorities to fund local pensioner forums in each of the last three years.

      New Deal Plus for Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions where the seven pilot schemes for the New Deal Plus for Lone Parents are taking place; in which parliamentary constituencies they are taking...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the number of occupational pension schemes in the UK which (a) have completed wind-up and (b) are in the process of...

      Pension Protection Fund: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many press officers are employed by the Pension Protection Fund.

      Pensions Regulator: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many press officers are employed by the Pensions Regulator.

      Pensions: Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason the Retirement Pension Forecasting Team is no longer able to provide forecasts of additional state pensions; when the situation...

      Pensioners: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in respect of how many pensions the UK Pension Service submitted papers to the International Pension Service in 2006; and, of these, how many...

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many personal injury claims by members of the public from local authorities were reported to his Department, in accordance with the Social...

      Remploy: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what criteria were Remploy factories selected for closure.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what definition his Department uses of habitual residence for the purpose of claiming benefit; and what definition is used in other European...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what evaluation he has made of the abuse of accommodation address agencies by perpetrators of (a) benefit fraud and (b) other criminal...

      Social Security Benefits: Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures he has put in place to track the amount of benefits paid erroneously to illegal immigrants.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of successful claims for state retirement pension was made (a) by telephone interview, (b) by personal interview, (c) by...

      State Retirement Pensions: Widowed People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information is available to the public in the form of leaflets on the switching process between widow's pension and state retirement pension.

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress is being made on reducing the complexity of benefits acting as a barrier to work.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria are used by the Pensions Service to dispatch claim forms for winter fuel allowance to people who will be aged 60 by the end of...

      Women's National Commission: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many press officers are employed by the Women's National Commission.

      Work Opportunities: Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to improve work opportunities for disabled people.

  • Solicitor-General

  • Home Department

    • Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press officers are employed by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner.

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued to 10 to 17-year-olds in Cambridgeshire in each year since their introduction; and how...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in (a) Cambridgeshire, (b) south Cambridgeshire and (c) east Cambridgeshire in each...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were breached in Cambridgeshire in each year since their introduction.

      Assaults on Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many assaults on police officers there were in London in each of the last five years.

      Assets Recovery Agency: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press officers are employed by the Assets Recovery Agency.

      Association of Chief Police Officers: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press officers are employed by the Association of Chief Police Officers.

      Asylum: Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has had made of the safety of refugees returned to Eritrea.

      Border and Immigration Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints of lost documentation have the Border and Immigration Agency received from members of the public in the last 12 months.

      Border and Immigration Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the Border and Immigration Agency has paid compensation to members of the public for lost documentation over the last...

      Border and Immigration Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) average and (b) target length of time taken between the receipt of a letter by the Borders and Immigration Agency from an hon....

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research studies the Government have (a) undertaken, (b) commissioned and (c) reviewed into the impact of the 2004 reclassification...

      Central Police Training and Development Authority: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press officers are employed by the Central Police Training and Development Authority.

      Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press officers are employed by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

      Computers: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department received from the disposal of information technology equipment in the last year for which figures are available; and...

      Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances her Department awards contracts to outside organisations without undertaking a tendering process.

      Criminal Record Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the differences are between basic and enhanced Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks; and what guidance has been given to public...

      Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the timetable is for publication of crime detection rates by Basic Command Unit for 2006-07; and for what reason they were not published...

      Driving Under Influence: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drink-driving tests were carried out in the Peterborough constituency in each year since 1997.

      Driving: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions took place against uninsured drivers in the Northumbria police force area in each of the last 10 years for which...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research her Department has (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned into the effect of the Government's 10-year drug strategy on reducing...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what research studies the Government have (a) undertaken, (b) commissioned and (c) reviewed which compare (i) the levels of illicit...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research studies the Government have (a) undertaken, (b) commissioned and (c) reviewed into the impact of changing the status of a...

      Drugs: Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances US citizens with past drugs offences are not allowed to enter the UK.

      Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices have been issued in the last 12 months; and how many have been contested in court.

      Foreign Workers: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions her Department has had with (a) the Department of Health and (b) devolved administrations on the implications of...

      Foreign Workers: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions her Department has had with care providers on the issuing of work permits for overseas care staff.

      Foreign Workers: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department plans to publish new guidelines on the issuing of work permits for senior care workers; and if she will make a statement.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2007, Official Report, column 894W, on genetics: databases, what studies have been conducted by her...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2007, Official Report, column 894W, on genetics: databases, what consultations she has had with...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date she expects to launch Operation Pentameter 2; whether Devon and Cornwall Constabulary will be involved in the operation; who...

      Immigrants: Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals being held in immigration detention centres have (a) British and (b) foreign criminal records; and for which...

      Immigrants: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on the Commission for Racial Equality's letter to the Border and Immigration Agency stating that the changes to...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press officers are employed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to prevent fake educational institutions enabling people to enter the UK posing as students.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what protection and recourse is available for foreign students arriving in the UK who have unwittingly paid money to fake educational...

      Police Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police stations were closed in London in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of police officers in Cambridgeshire had the primary function of traffic policing in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign national prisoners have been deported in 2007; (2) how many foreign national prisoners were deported in each of the...

      Prisoners: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made towards the Prime Minister's target of deporting 4,000 prisoners of foreign origin by the end of the year; and...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison governors have visited prisons abroad to examine their drug treatment systems.

      Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prisoners have been deported to (a) Libya, (b) Lebanon, (c) Jordan and (d) Algeria since the Repatriation Agreement with...

      Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether the provisions of the UN Convention on Torture are included in the Repatriation Agreements being concluded by the UK with other...

      Resettlement: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what response the Government has made to the representations of Amnesty International for the UK and US to provide resettlement programmes...

      Security Industry Authority: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press officers are employed by the Security Industry Authority.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press officers are employed by the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral statement of 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 841, on national security, how many of the 30 known...

      Visas: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make special arrangements to issue visas to those Iraqi nationals who have directly assisted British forces in Basra to enter the...

      Water Supply: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will review the security arrangements for bowsers which are utilised in a national emergency.

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons it was decided to fingerprint visitors to Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre.

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of prospective employees at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre have been rejected in each of the last five years after...

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what background checks prospective employees at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre undergo.

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances detainees at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre are placed in handcuffs.

      Young Offenders: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research studies the Government have (a) undertaken, (b) commissioned and (c) reviewed on the effect of drugs education and...

  • Justice

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what response he has made to the recommendation of the Electoral Commission to require local authority returning officers to check 100 per cent. of the...

    • Animal Welfare: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions there were for the torture of animals in each year since 2001.

      Antisocial Behaviour: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) parenting orders, (b) parenting contracts and (c) antisocial behaviour orders were initiated in Milton Keynes in each year since their...

      Asylum: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which asylum seekers resident in Birmingham, Selly Oak constituency have had cases heard by judges (a) Illyas Khan and (b) J, involved in the Roselane...

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's estimate is of the effect on the prison population of reversing the presumption in favour of bail in the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

      Claims Management Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which claims handlers have been registered by the Claims Management Regulator.

      Claims Management Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance is provided by the Claims Management Regulator to providers of claims management services on levels of fees charged for the accessing of...

      Claims Management Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many meetings have taken place between the Claims Management Regulator and the Law Society since April.

      Claims Management Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what communications have taken place between the Claims Management Regulator and the Serious Fraud Office since April.

      Community Service Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many offenders with unpaid work orders have (a) not completed their orders and (b) been summoned back to court within the term of the order...

      Courts: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the likely impact of the reduction of maintenance funding of the London Courts Service for 2007-08.

      Courts: Salisbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons construction work has not started on the new courthouse in Salisbury.

      Courts: Video Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many large video screens are available at courts in England and Wales; and at which courts are they available.

      Criminal Cases Review Commission: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment has been made of the impact of reducing funding for the Criminal Cases Review Commission in 2007-08.

      Criminal Justice Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his assessment is of the financial implications of implementing sections 154 and 155 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

      Defamation: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many libel actions have been brought in respect of claims made exclusively on websites in each year since 1997; and how many of these were made (a)...

      Defamation: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many internet service providers have been subject to libel actions in each year since 1997.

      Departments: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) ministerial committees and (b) permanent groups involving senior civil servants have been set up by his Department to liaise with the Minister...

      Departments: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many press officers are employed by his Department; (2) how many press officers are employed by the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales.

      Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what legislative provisions introduced by his Department since 1997 have been repealed; (2) what legislative provisions introduced by his...

      Departments: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's projected spending is on advertising and promotional campaigns for (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09, broken down by cost relating to...

      Departments: Racial Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, columns 141-2W, on Departments: racial harassment, how many of the 79 formal disciplinary...

      Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice following the implementation on 1 April 2007 of Section 145 of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004, what the total amount outstanding is of...

      Driving: Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence under section 146(1) of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of dependent drug users referred to a drug treatment and testing order or drug rehabilitation requirement successfully completed it in...

      Elections: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to measure the effect of action taken to make democracy more accessible by (a) lowering the age of candidacy and (b) opening...

      Electronic Tagging: Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the nature was of the offence referred to on page 11 of the report on Satellite Tracking of Offenders for which an offender subject to satellite...

      Family Conciliation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward proposals to require the parties in cases concerning the residence of children and contact arrangements with non-resident...

      Fines: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2007, Official Report, column 1453W, on fines: compensation, what views were expressed by the Magistrates'...

      Fines: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2007, Official Report, column 1453W, on fines: compensation, what representations he has received on the victims'...

      Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 137W, on fixed penalties, how many penalty notices for disorder have not been...

      Fixed Penalties: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many fixed penalty notices for disorder were issued in Cambridgeshire in each year since their introduction, broken down by category of offence; and...

      Foreigners: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign nationals were imprisoned in each of the last five years in England and Wales.

      Foreigners: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign former prisoners were housed in young offender institutions on 20 July 2007.

      Foreigners: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was in 2006-07 of providing free telephone calls to foreign national prisoners.

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with cabinet colleagues on proposals for legislative reform of the House of Lords.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many safe houses there are in the UK for victims of human trafficking; and how many trafficking victims these safe houses accommodated in each of the...

      Judicial Communications Office for England and Wales: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many press officers are employed by the Judicial Communications Office for England and Wales.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the rate of legal aid has been since 1997; how much has been spent on legal aid in each year since 1997; and how many hours of legal aid work have...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2007, Official Report, column 270W, what the Department's estimated timescales are for the completion of the...

      Parc Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if the Minister with responsibility for prisons will meet the hon. Member for Bridgend and a group of interested parties to discuss the case for a...

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost implications of the Court of Appeal ruling that prisoners should be compensated when they are detained beyond the...

      Personal Records: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make a statement on the Passenger Name Record system and the agreement with the US for the handing over of personal data; what restraints or...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average total certified normal accommodation was of the prison estate in England and Wales in each year since 1997.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of spare capacity in the prison system; what plans he has to build new prisons; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Accommodation: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times facilities in Cardiff court buildings have been used to house prisoners overnight in each month in 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Service: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions the Deputy Director General of HM Prison Service recommended a member of staff to receive required hours allowance in each of the...

      Prison Service: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many promotion and selection boards the Deputy Director General of HM Prison Service sat in each of the years that he occupied the role of (a)...

      Prisoners Release: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of prisoners discharged at the end of their sentence (a) went into temporary accommodation and (b) were of no fixed abode in the most...

      Prisoners Release: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the proportion of convicted criminals released through the early release scheme who go on to re-offend; what plans he has to...

      Prisoners: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 19 July 2007, Official Report, columns 577-83W, how many of the deaths in prisons since 1997 took place in prisons that were...

      Prisoners: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners received regular methadone in the last 12 months; (2) how many prisoners received prescribed Bupranorhine in the last 12...

      Prisoners: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the prevalence of mental health problems amongst prisoners aged 60 years and over; (2) what assessment he has made...

      Prisoners: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoner journeys in the south-west in relation to each prison were made by taxi or other private hire vehicle; and at what cost in (a)...

      Prisons: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements he makes for the provision of healthcare services in prisons to take account of the particular needs of older prisoners.

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the impact of prison overcrowding on the number of (a) prisoner suicides and self-inflicted injuries, (b)...

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of the self-inflicted deaths in prisons in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007 to date occurred inside prisons that were classified as overcrowded.

      Prisons: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison establishments the Deputy Director General of HM Prison Service visited in each of the last 12 months; on which dates; to which prisons;...

      Public Order Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2007, Official Report, column 267W, on public order offences, what data is available on the number of penalty notices...

      Road Traffic Offences: Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 23 July 2007, Official Report, column 800W, on road traffic offences: prisoners release, which of the releases for motoring...

      Robbery: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of convictions for robberies of personal property resulted in (a) custodial and (b) community sentences in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2006.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2007, Official Report, column 441W, on sentencing, how many of the 173 offenders referred to maintain their innocence.

      Sexual Offences: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of sexual offences against children in each year from 1980-81 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.

      Stamp Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what records the Land Registry plans to collate on the number of house sale transactions that will receive the zero rate of stamp duty on zero carbon homes.

      Supreme Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the costs of (a) setting up and (b) operating a supreme court; and what estimate he has made of the cost of continuing the...

      Tribunal Services: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of interpreters for the Tribunals Service for the last 12 months.

      Young Offender Institutions: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the Youth Justice Board's Physical Control in Care Training Manual, December 2005.

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) alcohol-related and (b) drug-related deaths there were in London in each of the last five years.

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the value of deposits in dormant bank accounts in (a) Scotland and (b) the United Kingdom.

      Bank Services: Domicile

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the number of UK-domiciled people with undeclared bank accounts abroad.

      Cash Dispensing: Yeovil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce new, free ATMs in Yeovil constituency as part of the Working Group initiative to improve access in low income communities; and if he...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was underpaid in child benefit in each year since 1997.

      Child Benefit: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 365W, on child benefits: overseas residence, whether all such cases are handled by a single...

      Child Benefit: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 365W, on child benefit: overseas residence, for what reason his Department does not hold...

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the cost to the public purse of the Child Trust Fund in each year from 2007-08 to 2020-21 for which an estimate exists; and...

      Clothing: China

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the value of garments manufactured in China that were imported into the UK from Bangladesh in the latest period for which figures...

      Council Tax: Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Valuation Office Agency's Council Tax Toolkit (England) learning tools.

      Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many consultants' contracts were terminated early in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and at what cost in each year.

      Departments: Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's policy is on the use of tendering processes as part of the awarding of commercial contracts.

      Departments: Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what level of the financial remissions set out in the departmental annual report his Department made by (a) recoverable debts caused by official error,...

      Departments: Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2007, Official Report, column 1066W, on Departments: Departmental reorganisation, what account his Department takes of the...

      Departments: Information Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many press officers are employed by the Bank of England.

      Departments: Information Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many press officers are employed by his Department.

      Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2007, Official Report, column 440W, on Departments: Legislation, which parts of the 60 Acts have not been brought into force.

      Departments: Lost Working Days

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average annual number of absent days per employee was in his Department and its executive agencies in each year since 1997; what percentage of...

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse was of staff responsible for (a) brand management and (b) marketing at (i) HM Revenue and Customs, (ii) his Department,...

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent staff are responsible for (a) brand management and (b) marketing at (i) HM Revenue and Customs, (ii) his Department, (iii)...

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) HM Revenue and Customs, (b) his Department, (c) the Office for National Statistics, (d) the Debt Management Office, (e) the Royal Mint,...

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidelines issued to staff maintaining his Department and its agencies' corporate identity; and what the...

      Departments: Mass Media

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's evaluations of media coverage of departmental activities since May 2005.

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) value and (b) number was of bonus payments made to staff at (i) HM Revenue and Customs, (ii) his Department, (iii) the Office for National...

      Departments: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) HM Revenue and Customs, (b) his Department, (c) the Office for National Statistics, (d) the Debt Management Office, (e) the Royal Mint,...

      Departments: Resignations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, column 1642W, on Departments: Resignations, what the (a) job and (b) team title was of the civil...

      Departments: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by his Department on staff awaydays in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what training courses were attended by staff from (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) his Department in each of the last three years; how many staff...

      Departments: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on training awaydays for staff of his Department and its agencies in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Departments: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost was of visits abroad by staff in his Department and its agencies in 2006-07.

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on managing his Department and its agencies' corporate identities in each year since 1997-98.

      Disabled: Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of disabled people were in work in each year since 1997.

      Domestic Rates: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) gross and (b) net revenue from domestic rates in Northern Ireland was in each year since 1997-98; and what the estimated figures are in each...

      Domestic Rates: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Sir David Varney's review of taxation policy and economic growth in Northern Ireland will review the new system of domestic rates and the policy for...

      Domicile: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effect of its amnesty for offshore account holders based in the UK on the number of non-domicile tax...

      Environmental Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps he is taking to facilitate the release of monies deposited in Environmental Trust accounts originally earmarked under Entrust's categories...

      Exchequer Secretary

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total estimated annual cost is of (a) expenses, (b) salary, (c) office space, (d) administrative support and (e) special advisers for the new...

      Financial Services Authority: Information Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many press officers are employed by the Financial Services Authority.

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme: Information Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many press officers are employed by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

      Fiscal Liaison Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many fiscal liaison officers there were in each year since 2000, broken down by the location in which they were based; and if he will make a statement.

      Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what evaluation he has made of the abuse of accommodation address agencies by perpetrators of fraud relating to (a) taxes, (b) customs and excise and (c)...

      Grandparents: Parental Responsibility

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the contribution to the economy of grandparents who undertake child care roles.

      HM Revenue and Customs: Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the review of external contracts at HM Revenue and Customs will report.

      HM Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer why HM Revenue and Customs has not replied to the letter of 6 June from the hon. Member for Aylesbury on the case of Mr. P. J. E. of Aylesbury concerning...

      HM Revenue and Customs: Information Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many press officers are employed by HM Revenue and Customs.

      HM Revenue and Customs: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people downloaded HM Revenue and Customs podcasts in each month since their inception.

      HM Revenue and Customs: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of producing HM Revenue and Customs podcasts in each month since their inception.

      HM Revenue and Customs: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to measure the effectiveness of HM Revenue and Customs podcasts.

      HM Revenue and Customs: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of levels of staff satisfaction at HM Revenue and Customs in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      HM Revenue and Customs: Operating Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total running costs were of each of the offices of HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last five years.

      HM Revenue and Customs: Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what processes he has in place to measure staff productivity at HM Revenue and Customs.

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the presence of double or treble glazing in a domestic dwelling may affect its capital valuation for valuation purposes by the Valuation Office Agency.

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many neighbourhood geo-codes recorded by the Valuation Office Agency to assist with domestic valuation purposes there are in (a) England and (b) Wales.

      Inland Revenue: Reviews

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department commissioned the review and report undertaken by Messrs Attwood (International Division) and Bishop (Large Business Office) of Inland...

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2007, Official Report, column 2163W, on lone parents, how many lone parents there were in each local authority at...

      Manufacturing Industries: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 12 September, Official Report, column 2163W, on Manufacturing Industries: Manpower, how many people were employed in the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the Paymaster General to reply to the letter dated 28 June 2007 from the hon. Member for Hyndburn on Ms M. Hartley-McGough.

      Office of Government Commerce: Information Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many press officers are employed by the Office of Government Commerce.

      Office for National Statistics: Information Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many press officers are employed by the Office of National Statistics.

      Older Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people aged (a) 50 to 55, (b) 55 to 60, (c) 60 to 65, (d) 65 to 70 and (e) over 70 years were in work in each year since 1997.

      Personal Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of the trend in the UK household savings ratio over the period 1997 to 2006; and if he will make a statement.

      Pfi

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) aggregate gross value of the total expected cash payments under all current and approved future private finance initiative contracts and (b)...

      Plastics: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Government policy is on a (a) plastic bag and (b) chewing gum tax.

      Public Participation: Elderly

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which groups are being consulted as part of his Department's review of the needs of over 85 year-olds.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 393W, on public sector pensions, when he will publish his latest estimate of the total...

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs front-line detection staff with primary responsibility for detecting illegal imports of products of animal origin were...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many calls were received to the confidential hotline Customs Confidential in each year since 2000; how many resulted in charges being issued; and if he...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what proportion of HM Revenue and Customs cigarette seizures were of (a) counterfeit cigarettes and (b) contraband cigarettes, in each year since...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many confiscation orders concerning suspected illicit tobacco were (a) requested and (b) given in each year since 2000; and if he will make a...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many scanners were in operation as part of the national network of scanners to detect high volume tobacco and cigarette smuggling in freight containers...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much hand-rolled tobacco bound for the UK was seized overseas by HM Revenue and Customs overseas officers and their host agencies in each year since...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many illegal cigarettes bound for the UK were seized overseas by HM Revenue and Customs overseas officers and their host agencies in each year since...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what progress has been made in reaching the operational target for hand-rolled tobacco of reducing the size of the UK illicit market by 1,200 tonnes...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) revenue loss, (b) illicit market share and (c) cross-border shopped share of the illicit hand-rolled tobacco market...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what average time was taken to confirm or deny that seized (a) cigarettes and (b) hand-rolled tobacco was counterfeit before charges could be made in each...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings his Department had with tobacco manufacturers to discuss tobacco smuggling in each year since 2000; what the dates were of the meetings;...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the market share of illicit cigarettes of cross border marketing and smuggling in each year since 2003; and if he will make a...

      Stamp Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the timetable is for the introduction of the zero rate of stamp duty for zero carbon homes; (2) what records (a) his Department, (b) HM...

      Tax Allowances: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of small businesses which will benefit from the introduction of the new annual investment...

      Tax Credit Act 2002

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many breaches of section 18 of the Tax Credit Act 2002 have occurred since it came into force; and what sums of money were involved in each case.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax credit has been reclaimed in each of the last five years; from how many individuals tax credits payments were reclaimed in each such year; and...

      Tax Evasion: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the Tax Evasion Hotline cost to administer in each month since its inception; (2) how many calls the Tax Evasion Hotline received in each month...

      Taxation on Gambling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the effective rate of tax is for bingo played in a licensed bingo premises; (2) what the effective rate of tax is for player-to-player poker...

      Taxation: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will update the information contained in paragraphs 2.14 and 2.15 of the April 2003 background paper on reviewing residence and domicile rules in...

      Terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value of suspected terrorist funds frozen and then unfrozen was in each of the last 10 years for which information is available; and if he will...

      Trading Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the economic review of trading funds will include a consultation process with public and private sector stakeholders.

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what data the Valuation Office Agency has purchased from the Landmark Information Group in the last five years; and for what purposes.

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency has made representations to have access to the energy performance certificate register.

      Valuation Office Agency: Information Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many press officers are employed by the Valuation Office Agency.

      Valuation Office: Vetting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether staff of the Valuation Office Agency who undertake inspections of domestic dwellings for council tax valuation purposes are required to have (a)...

      Water Charges: South West Region

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average proportion of household income spent on water bills in each county in the South West.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Government have written off in misplaced tax credits in (a) Hampshire and (b) England in each year since their inception.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of people who were underpaid tax credits in 2005-06 were living on incomes of less than 60 per cent. of UK median earnings.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit claimants had their entitlements wrongly calculated in each year for which figures are available.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the increase in the annual entitlement to tax credits as a result of increasing the income disregard from £2,500 to...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates of the number of tax credit compliance staff have been made public since 1 March 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanisms he has put in place to track the amount of tax credits paid erroneously to illegal immigrants.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was overpaid in tax credits to deceased claimants in each of the last three years.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 62WS, on tax credit administration, how many awards HM Revenue and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the recourse available to inhabitants of Ascension Island under the Human Rights Act...

    • Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he or his Ministers plan to visit Ascension Island; and if he will make a statement.

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2007, Official Report, column 248W, on Ascension Island, what the programme of information...

      Bermuda Housing Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what public response was made by (a) his Department and (b) the Governor to the television broadcast of the Premier Ewart...

      Bermuda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what alterations to protocol were proposed by Dr. Ewart Brown, Premier of Bermuda, to the Governor, in June 2007, with regard to...

      Bermuda: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) class of maritime craft, (b) numbers of craft and (c) numbers of personnel are maintained by the Government of...

      Bosnia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what response his Department has made to proposal of the Chief Minister of the British Virgin Islands that Governors...

      Burma: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of levels of heroin production in Myanmar.

      Cayman Islands: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs why the constitution of the Cayman Islands varies from other overseas territories of comparable size in that the Governor chairs...

      Chen Guangcheng

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the Chinese Government on the assault in prison of Chen Guangcheng; and whether...

      Colombia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of levels of cocaine production in Colombia.

      Cuba: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of political prisoners in Cuba.

      Cuba: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the prospect of democratic transition in Cuba.

      Cuba: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Cuba about (a) the release of political prisoners, (b) freedom of...

      Departments: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under what circumstances his Department awards contracts to outside organisations without undertaking a tendering process.

      Departments: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.

      Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 July 2007, Official Report, column 1054W, on departments: legislation, which (a) sections and...

      Departments: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent by his Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution the UK has made to initiatives to destroy drug-related crops by chemical spraying in foreign countries; and if...

      EC Reform: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what changes from unanimity to other forms of decision-making would be enacted by the existing text of the proposed EU Reform Treaty.

      Egypt: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will urge the Egyptian Government (a) to allow Christian converts from Muslim backgrounds to change their...

      Embassies: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cars are owned by UK embassies overseas, broken down by (a) location and (b) make and model of car; and what the...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visa applications have been refused in each of the last five years.

      EU Countries: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to seek changes to the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports to prevent its circumvention by the re-export of...

      EU Reform: NATO

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the likely effect the EU Reform Treaty will have on the NATO alliance.

      Gaza: Frontiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations his Department has made on returning EU observers to the Rafah border crossing; (2) what recent...

      Hina Jilani

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage Indonesia to allow (a) foreign journalists, (b) independent observers and...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he and other Ministers from his Department have to visit Indonesia.

      Iran: Kidnapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Iranian Government for information on the physical health and wellbeing of Iranian trade...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UK policy is on the 21 August 2007 agreement between the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Islamic Republic of...

      Iraq Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what help the UK Government are providing to secure the delivery of Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution.

      Iraq: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 May 2007, Official Report, column 973W, on Iraq: armed forces, what changes were made to agreed...

      Iraq: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects there to be new elections in Iraq.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been paid to private military security companies in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan to protect (i) Foreign and...

      Iraq: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will take steps to bring to justice those Islamic extremists responsible for the systematic intimidation and...

      Jamaica: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of levels of cannabis production in Jamaica.

      Maldives: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the discussions with President Gayoom of the Maldives during his recent visit to the UK covered (a) charges brought...

      Maldives: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress made by the Special Majlis towards amending the new constitution of the Maldives.

      Maldives: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the progress made by the Government of the Maldives in reforming the judiciary since the visit of...

      Maldives: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy for the UK or the EU to send international observers to the referendum to be held in the Maldives...

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the British High Commissioner for Cyprus last visited northern Cyprus; who he met from the Turkish Cypriot Administration...

      Northern Cyprus: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place between his Department and property estate agents in the United Kingdom who offer properties...

      Northern Cyprus: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have taken place with officials of the Turkish Cypriot Administration in northern Cyprus on the extent...

      Northern Cyprus: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports have been received from the British High Commissioner for Cyprus on the extent of private housing development...

      Pakistan: Frontiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his (a) Pakistani and (b) United States counterparts on securing the border between...

      Palestinians: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many entry clearance applications have been received from Palestinian citizens residing in (a) east Jerusalem, (b) the...

      Palestinians: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons entry visas were not granted to the Palestine under-19 football squad and its support staff; and what...

      Russia: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the average waiting time is for Russian (a) students, (b) politicians, (c) business people and (d) others between...

      Russia: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information is provided to Russian applicants for visas to visit the UK.

      Special Envoys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many special envoys have been appointed to (a) foreign countries, (b) overseas and dependent territories and (c) states...

      Timor-Leste: Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Indonesian officials on the extradition to East Timor of Col. Burhanuddin Siagian.

      UK Trade and Investment: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many press officers are employed by UK Trade and Investment.

      Visa Facilitation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total cost has been to public funds of payments made to Visa Facilitation Services for the provision of an online visa...

      Visa Facilitation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to seek financial compensation from Visa Facilitation Services for the security failures set out in the report...

      Visa Facilitation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has any remaining contracts with Visa Facilitation Services in force; and if he will make a statement.

      Visa Facilitation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether disciplinary action has been taken against members of staff at UKvisas following the report of the Independent...

      Zimbabwe: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects a determination to be made on visa application number VC 005578 submitted on 7 September 2006 at the British...

      Zimbabwe: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the average time was that the British embassy in Zimbabwe had to wait to receive a response from the Zimbabwean authorities...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many attendances there have been at Type 1 accident and emergency departments (a) in total and (b) per 100,000 population in each year since 1997-98...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimates he has made of the number of young people under 16 who are regular binge drinkers.

      Ambulance Services: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the revised plans for ambulance cover in Wellingborough and Northamptonshire.

      Botox

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government plan to introduce regulation of the cosmetics industry with regard to botox injections.

      Breast Feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to promote the breastfeeding of infants; and if he will make a statement.

      Central Middlesex Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of Professor Sir Ara Darzi's report on Central Middlesex Hospital.

      Central Middlesex Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the financial position of Central Middlesex Hospital.

      Chronically Sick: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of implementing in full the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Long-term Care.

      Cirencester Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to make a decision on the independent sector provider contract for Cirencester Hospital.

      Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press officers are employed by the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health.

      Commission for Social Care Inspection: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press officers are employed by the Commission for Social Care Inspection.

      Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect on children's (i) brains and (ii) development of (A) prematurity, (B) foetal...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many dentists have failed to meet their target number of units of dental activity since the new NHS dental contract was introduced in 2005,...

      Dental Services: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there are in Bolton; and how many of these are taking on new patients.

      Dental Services: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received about the availability of NHS dentists in Bolton.

      Departments: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what accounts directions were issued by his Department in financial year (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which private consultancy firms (a) his Department and (b) agencies which report to his Department engaged in each of the last three years; which...

      Departments: Lisbon Agenda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what policies his Department has adopted to assist in the United Kingdom's fulfilment of the Lisbon Agenda criteria.

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2007, Official Report, column 1552W, on Departments: pay, (1) how many (a) civil servants are on each payscale and...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the value is of the unitary payments of each private finance initiative scheme overseen by his Department over the lifetime of the contract,...

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2007, Official Report, column 1553W, on departments: public expenditure, what items of specific guidance have been...

      Dietary Supplements: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when Ministers of his Department expect next to meet representatives of Consumers for Health to discuss the implementation of the food supplements...

      Disposable Syringes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the Vendafit needle dispensing machine in the context of managing the condition of drug dependent patients.

      Doctors: Career Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the findings of Sir John Tooke's independent review of the Modernising Medical Careers programme; and if he will make a...

      Drugs: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what restrictions there are on the bringing into the UK of non-prescription medical drugs purchased by individuals on the internet; whether the Government...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to reduce the level of stigma experienced by people with epilepsy; (2) what assessment his Department has made...

      Epilepsy: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effects of the implementation of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence epilepsy...

      Epilepsy: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist epilepsy nurses there are; and what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of their work.

      Epilepsy: Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many photosensitive epileptic seizures caused by electronic games were recorded in (a) England and (b) the South West in each of the last five years.

      EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what official visits he is planning to European Union member states in the next six months.

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the introduction of charges for (a) eye tests and (b) dental check-ups on demand for these...

      Fibromyalgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned on fibromyalgia over the last five years.

      Food Standards Agency: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press officers are employed by the Food Standards Agency.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of patients visiting their general practitioner were subsequently referred on in the latest period for which figures are available;...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England are not registered with a GP surgery.

      General Practitioners: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will revise the cost rent system used to reimburse GP practices accommodation costs to ensure that facilities are not reimbursed by a number of...

      General Practitioners: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of GP practices hold (a) evening and (b) weekend surgeries.

      Gorlin Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment has been made of the standard of care provided to patients with Gorlin Syndrome; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Health Protection Agency: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press officers are employed by the Health Protection Agency.

      Health Services: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what sampling techniques were used in compiling statistical information on the health needs of Bedfordshire and Luton when allocating funds for (a)...

      Health Services: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what contact his Department has had with (a) the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority (SHA), (b) primary care trusts within the East Midlands...

      Healthcare Commission: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press officers are employed by the Healthcare Commission.

      Hearing Impaired: Tunbridge Wells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the most recent average waiting time is for (a) audiology appointments and (b) the issue of a digital hearing aid in Tunbridge Wells constituency.

      Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's preliminary recommendation of 7 August 2007 on percutaneous...

      Hepatitis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total annual cost was of drug treatments for hepatitis C in 2005-06.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what district general hospitals there are in England; (2) which hospitals are located in each parliamentary constituency.

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of wards in acute hospitals in England which will need to be temporarily closed to be deep cleaned.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the proportion of hospital food wasted in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Hospitals: Ministers of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18th July 2007, Official Report, column 456W, on Hospitals: Ministers of religion, what guidance he has issued on the...

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press officers are employed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

      Hyperactivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether clinical guidelines being developed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence will take account of the possibility that...

      Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press officers are employed by the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 July 2007, Official Report, columns 982-3W, on Influenza: Vaccination, what form the ongoing programme of public engagement...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure an adequate supply of seasonal flu vaccines for the winter 2007-08 flu immunisation programme; what discussions he has...

      Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many press officers are employed by the National Clinical Assessment Service; (2) how many press officers are employed by the National Patient...

      Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many intensive care beds there were in each of the last 10 years, broken down by trust.

      Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press officers are employed by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to reply to the letter to the Minister of State (Delivery and Quality) dated 21 May from the hon. Member for Hyndburn on Mrs. J. Hogan.

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the take-up rate of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine Prevenar has been since 4 September 2006; (2) what studies have been commissioned into...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to increase awareness of the Prevenar vaccine.

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the estimated required number of midwives is in each of the next five years; (2) what percentage of midwives are due to retire in each of the...

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press officers are employed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

      National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press officers are employed by the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse.

      Neurology: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has for the numbers of (a) adult neurologists, (b) paediatric neurologists, (c) learning disability specialists and (d)...

      NHS Connecting for Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 June 2007, Official Report, column 885W, on NHS Connecting for Health, which communications agency established the link; how...

      NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press officers are employed by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the development of independent sector treatment centres in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations, and from whom, have been received in support of an independent treatment centre in mid-Essex.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the establishment of an Independent Treatment Centre in mid-Essex; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent establishing independent sector treatment centres.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library the analysis his Department has undertaken into the possible effects of the independent sector treatment centre programme...

      NHS: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts (a) paid and (b) did not pay 95 per cent. of undisputed invoices within contract terms or 30 days where no terms have been agreed in...

      NHS: DHL

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the value of the capital equipment was in the 10 prime categories signed over to DHL in the NHS supply chain contract.

      NHS: Exel Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which of the key performance indicators contained within the master services agreement between Exel Europe Limited and the NHS Business Services Authority...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the capital and revenue costs of implementing the Healthy Futures and Making it Better proposals are over the next five years itemised by primary...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the 10 prime categories of the NHS supply chain contract are.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many submissions were received during the evidence-gathering phase for the development of the Quality and Outcomes Framework for 2008-09; how many of...

      Obesity: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent assessment is of the (a) obesity and (b) smoking rate in each ward of the Peterborough city council area.

      Paediatrics: Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many junior paediatric doctors are working in the NHS by (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent.

      Patientline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library the NHS's contract with Patientline.

      Patients: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients treated by the NHS in each year since 2003 were foreign nationals resident in the UK.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the prospects for local pharmacies to operate a minor ailments service; whether he expects primary care trusts to promote...

      Princess Royal Hospital Telford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds there are at the Princess Royal hospital at Telford.

      Recombinant Factor VII

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 273W, on Recombinant Factor VII, what the service level is between his Department and...

      Ritalin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to initiate research into possible (a) health and (b) psychological side effects associated with the use of the drug Ritalin.

      Ritalin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ensure the use of Ritalin only as part of a comprehensive programme including social, psychological and behavioural treatments as...

      Smoking: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds have been made available for smoking cessation programmes; and how the allocations to individual funds are determined.

      Surgery: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many surgeons in the NHS were capable of carrying out (a) hepatobiliary, (b) renal, (c) cardiac and (d) ophthalmic surgery in each of the...

      Surgery: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in Peterborough constituency have had their inpatient surgical treatment cancelled three times or more in the last year for which...

      Transplant Surgery: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many surgeons in the NHS were capable of carrying out transplant surgery in each of the last 10 years.

      University Hospital of North Staffordshire: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies were undertaken at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire involving children from overseas in the 1990s.

      Vaccines: Sleeping Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 July 2007, Official Report, column 985W, on vaccines: sleeping contracts, when negotiations with the vaccine manufacturers...

      Westmorland Hospital: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the temporary closure of the adult mental health ward at Westmorland General Hospital could become permanent without a formal public consultation.

      Wi-Fi: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of (a) the number of people suffering health problems as a result of Wi-Fi communications and (b) the causes of...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Balen Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the BBC on the publication of the Balen Report.

    • Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he plans to produce a response to the conclusions of the working group on regulation and administration of on-course betting...

      Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect of the Gambling Act 2005 on bookmakers' on-course pitch positions; what recent discussions he...

      Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many fixed odds betting terminals are currently in use in England; (2) what Government policy is on the availability of fixed...

      Big Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of Big Lottery Fund grants went to statutory bodies in each year for which figures are available.

      Big Lottery Fund: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which projects were awarded funding by the Big Lottery Fund in each of the last five years in Wirral, broken down by constituency.

      Bookmakers: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the average cost of a bookmaker's premises licence is in each local authority in England and Wales.

      British Casino Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the British Casino Gambling Association since the oral answer from the Prime Minister of 11 July 2007,...

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent by local authorities in preparing bids for (a) small, (b) regional and (c) super casinos.

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the Government's plans are for the establishment of super, large and small casinos as laid out in the Gambling Act 2005.

      Climbing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of people regularly using indoor climbing walls.

      Climbing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of people who regularly take part in mountaineering, including rock climbing and fell walking.

      Community Development: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public money was spent via the Community Investment Fund in each year for which figures are available.

      Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will set out his Department's existing targets in the cultural area of its responsibilities.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what spectrum bands will be available for Programme Making and Special Events use following the switchover to digital television...

      Digital Broadcasting: Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he made of the preparedness of landlords of (a) privately rented multi-dwelling units and (b) social multi-dwelling...

      Digital Broadcasting: Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many blind and partially-sighted people are able to use teletext without the assistance of others; whether he estimates this number...

      Digital Broadcasting: Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representation he has received from Portset on digital switchover and assistance for blind people to access teletext services.

      Digital Broadcasting: Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the impact of the digital switchover on blind and partially-sighted persons.

      Digital Broadcasting: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what performance standards apply to the BBC with respect to ensuring continuity of service on the digital platform during extreme...

      Digital Broadcasting: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the reliability of the digital signal transmitting both radio and television broadcasts in periods of and...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what mechanisms are in place to ensure that remote gambling operators operate legally with respect to the location of servers in advance...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether a working group was formed at the international conference on online gambling held at Ascot in October 2006.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what role his Department played in the Gambling Commission's 2007 Prevalence Survey on problem gambling.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what date his Department first received the Gambling Commission's 2007 Prevalence Survey on problem gambling.

      Gambling Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Gambling Commission's enforcement powers with respect to breaches of...

      Gambling Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the running costs of the Gambling Commission are in 2007-08; and how many staff are employed at the commission.

      Gambling: Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received on the legality under the terms of the Gaming Act 1968 of the operation of LiveRoulette broadcast...

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which countries (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department have met to discuss online gaming; and on what dates these...

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions his Department has had with representatives from the EU on internet gambling regulations.

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans there are to introduce EU regulations for online gambling.

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria are applied in respect of the minimum age at which people are permitted to gamble using an online company when decisions...

      Gambling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications have been received for remote gambling operating licences from companies (a) based in the UK and (b) from...

      Gambling: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research his Department has commissioned into problem gambling in the last five years.

      Information Officers: Arts Council England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers are employed by Arts Council England.

      Information Officers: Big Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers are employed by the Big Lottery Fund.

      Information Officers: British Film Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers are employed by the British Film Institute.

      Information Officers: British Library

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers are employed by the British Library.

      Information Officers: British Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers are employed by the British Museum.

      Information Officers: Heritage Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers are employed by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

      Information Officers: Historic Royal Palaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers are employed by Historic Royal Palaces.

      Information Officers: Museums Libraries and Archives Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers are employed by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

      Information Officers: National Lottery Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers are employed by the National Lottery Commission.

      Information Officers: Natural History Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers are employed by the Natural History Museum.

      Information Officers: Royal Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers are employed by Royal Parks.

      Information Officers: Science Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers are employed by the Science Museum.

      Information Officers: Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers are employed by Sport England.

      Information Officers: Sports Council for Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers are employed by the Sports Council for Wales.

      Information Officers: UK Film Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers are employed by the UK Film Council.

      Information Officers: UK Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers are employed by UK Sport.

      Information Officers: Victoria and Albert Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers are employed by the Victoria and Albert museum.

      Information Officers: VisitBritain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers are employed by VisitBritain.

      McMaster Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects Sir Brian McMaster's review of how the Government supports the arts to be published.

      McMaster Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the terms of reference are for the review being carried out for his Department by Sir Brian McMaster.

      McMaster Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the estimated cost of the review being carried out for his Department by Sir Brian McMaster is; on what date he expects Sir Brian...

      National Lottery Commission: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people are employed by the National Lottery Commission.

      National Lottery: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the annual operating costs of each of the National Lottery distributors were in each of the last three years for which figures are...

      National Lottery: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been allocated to statutory bodies from each National Lottery distributor in each year since 1994.

      National Lottery: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was received by each of the National Lottery good causes in each year since 1995-96 in constant 2007-08 prices.

      National Lottery: NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was distributed to NHS trusts by each of the National Lottery distributors in each of the last five years.

      National Lottery: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the amount of lottery funding which will be received by (a) Sport England, (b) Sport Scotland, (c)...

      Night Clubs: Body Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make it a mandatory licensing condition for nightclubs to operate a system of searching entrants for weapons.

      Olympic Games: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2007, Official Report, column 1387W, on the Olympic Games: finance, what the final figures signed...

      Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many overnight visits (a) he and (b) his predecessor made to Peterborough in each year since 1997.

      Piers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what proportion of seaside piers are publicly owned; and how many have (a) applied for and (b) been awarded funding from...

      Primary Education: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many primary schools do not have a football team competing in a schools league.

      Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with Ofcom regarding the regulation of commercial radio.

      Sport Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been invested in Sport Action Zones since 2000.

      Sport Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 10 September 2007, Official Report, column 2145W, on Sport Direct, when the one stop shop is likely to be...

      Sports: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of people over the age of 60 involved in regular sports participation.

      Sports: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the top 10 sports are in terms of active participation by the over 60s.

      Sports: National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications for funding from (a) sports and (b) arts lottery distributors were (i) successful and (ii) unsuccessful in each...

      Sportsgrounds: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many competition athletics tracks there are in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) England.

      Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many Olympic-standard swimming pools there are in England; and where each is located.

      Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many diving pools there are in England; and where each is located.

      Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public swimming pools have (a) closed and (b) opened in England since 1997; and how many of the pools that have opened since...

      Volunteers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) young volunteers trained to work in schools and community clubs and (b) trained adult mentors were recruited (i) before...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects to answer question (a) 148539 on civil servants and (b) 148535 on advertising: gambling, tabled by the hon. Member for...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press officers are employed by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

    • Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2007 Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many responses he has received to the consultation on the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2007...

      East of England Development Agency: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press officers are employed by the East of England Development Agency.

      Export Credits Guarantee Department: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press officers are employed by the Export Credits Guarantee Department.

      South West Development Agency: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press officers are employed by the South West Development Agency.

      Accommodation Address Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what evaluation he has made of the abuse of accommodation address agencies by perpetrators of (a) consumer fraud and...

      Advantage West Midlands: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press officers are employed by Advantage West Midlands.

      Bankruptcy: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people declared themselves bankrupt in Cambridgeshire in each of the last five years.

      Barbara Thomas Judge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the availability of Barbara Thomas Judge to undertake her functions as Chair of...

      Bevin Boys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many surviving Bevin Boys he estimates there to be.

      British Nuclear Fuels: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press officers are employed by (a) the British Nuclear Group and (b) British Nuclear Fuels Ltd.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the likely costs of implementing a universal service obligation on communications...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with Ofcom and the communications industry about a universal service obligation which...

      Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the TG4 Group proposals for a pan-European sub band of spectrum for mobile use; and if...

      Certification Office for Trade Union and Employers' Associations: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press officers are employed by the Certification Office for Trade Union and Employers' Associations.

      Companies House: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press officers are employed by Companies House.

      Companies: Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department has given advice to businesses on the storage of commercial radiological materials.

      Competition Commission: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press officers are employed by the Competition Commission.

      Computers: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make a statement on the guidance issued to Government Departments on the steps to be taken to dispose of...

      Copyright: Consumers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what assessment he has made of the level of protection afforded to consumers from copycat branding; and if he...

      Departments: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what (a) ministerial committees and (b) permanent groups involving senior civil servants have been set up by his...

      Departments: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.

      Departments: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff training and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.

      Digital Broadcasting: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many television signal reception installers had signed up to the registered digital installer scheme at 30 June...

      Electrical Control Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to raise awareness among householders about the safe disposal of waste electrical and electronic...

      Electricity Generation: Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent estimate he has made of the stability risk threshold for the national grid in terms of (a) total measured...

      Energy: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much of the £500 million committed to capital grants and research and development in the field of emerging...

      Equal Opportunities Commission: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press officers are employed by the Equal Opportunities Commission, including its Northern Ireland office.

      EU Internal Trade: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many jobs in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) York he estimates are dependent on exports to or investment...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to introduce a duty on employers to provide flexible working arrangements.

      Gas Distribution Price Control Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what information Ofgem took into account on the customer satisfaction performance indicators for the gas...

      Gas Distribution Price Control Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what Ofgem considers to be the implications to the consumer of the gas distribution networks being unable to...

      Loans: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will take steps to prevent the exploitation of vulnerable people by home credit companies.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press officers are employed by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

      Ofcom: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press officers are employed by Ofcom.

      Office of Fair Trading: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press officers are employed by the Office of Fair Trading.

      Oil: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the average price of oil was in each of the last 15 years; and what assessment he has made of the effect of...

      Oil: Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2007, Official Report, column 658W, on oil: reserves, from which countries he...

      Oil: Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2007, Official Report, column 658W, on oil: reserves, what estimate he has made...

      Oil: Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2007, Official Report, column 658W, on oil: reserves, if he will assess the...

      Oil: Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2007, Official Report, column 658W, on oil: reserves, what assessment he has...

      Oil: Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2007, Official Report, column 658W, on oil: reserves, what challenges he has...

      Oil: Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2007, Official Report, column 658W, on oil: reserves, how many years of oil...

      Oil: Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2007, Official Report, column 658W, on oil: reserves, what assessment he has...

      One Northeast Communications Team: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press officers are employed by the One Northeast communications team.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether those served by outreach post offices and non-commercial post office outlets will count as part of the 90 per...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what minimum level of service provision will be required of post office outlets for the 90 per cent. of the population...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether Post Office Ltd is considering the use of church premises for new post offices to replace some of the post...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will inform hon. Members, local residents and local authorities contemporaneously of consultations on post...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether any local authority or hon. Member has been formally contacted on the consultation on post office closure...

      Post Offices: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions his Department (a) has had and (b) plans to have with (i) RNIB, (ii) RNID, (iii) Age Concern and...

      Post Offices: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions his Department plans to have with the Post Office Ltd. and WH Smith on changes to chip and pin...

      Post Offices: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the agreement between Post Office Ltd. and WH Smith involves WH Smith assuming a responsibility to publish a...

      Post Offices: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make it his policy to ensure that alternative locations for post offices that Royal Mail propose for...

      Post Offices: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make a statement on the planned location of new outreach post offices within West Dorset constituency.

      Post Offices: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of post offices planned for closure within West Dorset constituency are in (a) rural and (b) urban areas.

      Post Offices: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the timescale is for planned post office closures within West Dorset constituency in the period up to the end of 2009.

      Post Offices: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many outreach post offices will open in West Dorset constituency during the planned post office closure programme.

      Post Offices: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many post offices are planned for closure within West Dorset constituency.

      Post Offices: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the (a) opening times and (b) services of the new outreach post offices will be, with particular reference to...

      Post Offices: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the timescale is for the opening of new outreach post offices within the West Dorset parliamentary constituency;...

      Post Offices: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make a statement on the future of the post office network in Houghton and Washington East constituency.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether Post Office Ltd. has negotiated agreements with suppliers of goods or services which do not allow all branches...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the Post Office expects to publish information relating to the intention of sub-postmasters to leave the...

      Postal Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the impact on the rural post office network of the decision to share the Network...

      Postcomm: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press officers are employed by Postcomm.

      Radioactive Materials: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how he plans to recover from the private sector the full costs of managing any new nuclear waste resulting from the...

      Railways: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make an assessment of the likely effect on economic growth of an improved modernised rail network that...

      Regional Development Agencies National Secretariat: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press officers are employed by the Regional Development Agencies National Secretariat.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what percentage of the UK's energy supply he expects to come from renewable sources by 2020.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations he has received from non-governmental organisations on changes to the Merton rule; what...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the obstacles to fulfilling targets for the proportion of energy to be produced from...

      Royal Mail: Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many private cars or other non-liveried or dedicated vehicles are used by the Royal Mail in the dispatch of mail.

      Royal Mail: Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the level of usage of private cars or other non-liveried or dedicated vehicles by the...

      Solicitors: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he intends to send an observer from his Department to the disciplinary tribunal misconduct hearings against...

      South East England Development Agency: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press officers are employed by the South East England Development Agency.

      Sustainable Development: Northstowe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what role his Department will play in ensuring the incorporation of sustainable energy and heat distribution in the...

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what percentage of new television sets sold in the UK have a screen blanking feature; (2) if he will make it...

      Trading Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what rights of access trading standards officers have to (a) planning, (b) building control and (c) council tax...

      UK Atomic Energy Authority: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press officers are employed by the (a) UK Atomic Energy Authority, (b) North West Regional Development...

      VAT: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) how many new VAT registrations there were in the city of Peterborough in each year since 1997; (2) how many VAT...

      Yorkshire Forward: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many press officers are employed by Yorkshire Forward.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what role the (a) academy sponsor and (b) local authority plays in deciding whether an academy should be a new-build or...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on establishing academies in areas where local authorities object; and if he will make a statement.

      Academies: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children in each English academy (a) were admitted on the basis of aptitude, (b) were entitled to free school...

      Academies: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether it is his policy that academies should follow local authority admissions procedures; and if he will make a statement.

      Academies: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of resources allocated to schools capital funding will go to academies in each year from 1999-2000 to 2015-16; and...

      Academies: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reasons his Department has decided to require academies to follow the national curriculum programmes of study in English,...

      Academies: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of the improvement in GCSE results at academies, compared to their predecessor schools, is due to the increased...

      Academies: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to require all academies to accept local authority governors on to their governing bodies; and if he will make a...

      Academies: Isle of Sheppey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when the executive responsible for the federated academy on the Isle of Sheppey expects to publish its consultation plans on which...

      Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many sponsors of academies have (a) not paid and (b) delayed paying their full contribution; (2) how much is owed to...

      Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his assessment is of the new sponsorship arrangements for academies, with particular reference to co-sponsorship by local...

      Adult Learning Inspectorate Agency: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many press officers are employed by the Adult Learning Inspectorate Agency.

      Building Schools for the Future: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, column 91W, on Building Schools for the Future: private finance...

      Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many press officers are employed by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the incidence of physical violence against children by parents and carers was in each year since 1990; and if he will make a...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the written statement on 25 July 2007, on the electronic common assessment framework, whether Criminal Records Bureau...

      Children: Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what support his Department gives to the provision of opportunities for play for children.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the pupil to teacher ratio was in English (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007.

      Classroom Assistants: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on training teachers' assistants in each year since 1997, broken down by local education authority.

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department spent on (a) management consultants and (b) other external consultants and advisers in each year since 2000; and...

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which private consultancy firms (a) his Department and (b) agencies which report to his Department engaged in each of the last...

      Departments: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.

      Departments: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to support (a) families and (b) marriage through his policies; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many civil servants are working for his Department.

      Departments: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on overnight accommodation by civil servants within his Department's areas of responsibilities in the last 12...

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on his Department's submission to the Pay Review Bodies for 2008 to 2011.

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the total cost was of performance related pay in (a) his Department and (b) schools in each year since 1990-91; how much it...

      Departments: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of staff in his Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what...

      Departments: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families to which periodicals his Department subscribes.

      Departments: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent by his Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what incentives he has considered to encourage staff in his Department to use public transport.

      Departments: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent by his Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent by his Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.

      Education: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the amount spent on the education of deaf children in Norfolk in each of the last five years;...

      Education: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he has made an analysis of the potential use of school vouchers in the primary and secondary school system; and if he will...

      European Indicators Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure full participation in the European Indicators Project by official bodies and...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils were entitled to free school meals in each local education authority in 2006-07, ranked from highest to...

      Further Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department collects on the proportion of pupils aged 16 to 18 years in (a) further education colleges and...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to bring funding levels for 16 to 18-year-olds in further education colleges up to the funding levels in...

      GCE A-Level: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of whether absolute A-level standards have changed over the last 20 years, pursuant to the comments of...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will set a target for 80 per cent. of pupils to pass five or more GCSEs at A-C grade by 2020; and if he will make a statement.

      Home Education: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the proportion of children educated at home who were entered for GCSEs/A-levels in each of the last...

      Literacy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding (a) is and (b) is planned to be made available for initiatives that encourage parents to assist their children in...

      Ofsted: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many press officers are employed by Ofsted.

      Parenting Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many parenting orders were issued as a consequence of pupil non-attendance at schools in each year since 1997; and if he will...

      Primary Education: Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what criteria the review of primary and early years mathematics teaching led by Sir Peter Williams will adopt for giving weight to...

      Primary Education: Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what average length of time per week children at key stage 1 spend on free play.

      Private Education: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what his latest estimate is of the level of inflation in private sector school fees; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many fixed period exclusions there were per pupil in 2005-06.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will abolish the right of appeal to local education authorities in respect of pupils who have been permanently excluded from...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which 20 secondary schools in England had the (a) most and (b) least funding per pupil in the latest period for which figures...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will publish the latest figures for funding per pupil in each English school; and if he will make a statement.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) if he will take steps to allocate higher levels of funding to school pupils from deprived backgrounds; and if he will make a...

      Pupils: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many work experience schemes are run by schools in each (a) Government region and (b) local education authority.

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many press officers are employed by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will break down the public cost of raising the education leaving age to 18 years by main subheading.

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on phasing the raising of the education leaving age to 18; and if he will make a statement.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools provide a school meals service; what estimate he has made of the number of pupils eating school meals; what...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) if he will list the planned changes to school meal standards in England in each year from 2007 to 2011; and if he will make...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools have been opened since 1997, broken down by local education authority.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) whether he has changed his policy on the promotion of parental choice in relation to schools; and if he will make a...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding his Department has allocated for a nationwide summer residential programme for school students in (a) 2007 and (b)...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to increase the share of national income spent on education from 2005 levels over the period 2007 to 2011; and...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessment he has made of whether all the incentives created by the 5 per cent. levy on school budget surpluses are in...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average (a) duration and (b) cost of an Ofsted inspection of a (i) primary and (ii) secondary school was in the latest...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools have been placed in special measures since 1996; and how many of these have been in special measures for (a)...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in special measures in each reporting period since 2003 had come from serious weakness or requiring significant...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools in special measures have been in such a category for over two years, broken down by date of special measures declaration.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on the relationship between school standards and structural reforms; and if he will make a statement.

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what consideration was given to the teaching of lessons in (a) child care and (b) parenting skills in the development of the new...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority classifies the new secondary curriculum as (a) outcomes-based and (b)...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families where the programmes of study for the new secondary curriculum reject (a) constructivism, (b) whole language teaching and (c)...

      Secondary Education: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what experiments were banned in science lessons in secondary schools in each year since 1997.

      Secondary Education: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children in secondary schools were taught in classes with (a) streaming and (b) setting in each year since...

      Specialist Diplomas: Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools he estimates will offer (a) the level three engineering diploma and (b) the full range of additional and...

      Specialist Diplomas: Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on the additional and specialist learning options within the level three diploma in engineering.

      Specialist Diplomas: Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to ensure that the level three diploma in engineering complies with entry requirements for university...

      Specialist Schools and Academies Trust: Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps are being taken to improve co-operation between academies and the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust; and what...

      Specialist Schools and Academies Trust: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many press officers are employed by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.

      Sports: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of curriculum time was devoted to (a) sport, (b) art, (c) music and (d) languages in secondary schools in each...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many teachers are qualified to teach (a) Mandarin and (b) Urdu; (2) how many children were on the Child Protection...

      Teachers: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, column 126W, on teachers: assessments (1) what the unit cost per test...

      Teachers: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers over the age of 50 years were awarded full-time teaching contracts in the (a) primary and (b) secondary school...

      Teachers: Mandarin and Urdu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what level of qualification teachers will need to teach (a) Mandarin and (b) Urdu; (2) how much is planned to be spent on...

      Teachers: Performance Related Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effects of performance-related pay on (a) teaching quality and (b) pupil attainment; and if...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what minimum academic qualifications are required of school (a) teaching assistants, (b) technicians, (c) unqualified teachers...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the minimum GCSE requirements to be a teacher are; what they were in each year since 1986-87; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government are taking in relation to subject areas where there are teacher shortages; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of teachers with training in severe, profound and multiple...

      Training and Development Agency for Schools: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many press officers are employed by the Training and Development Agency for Schools.

      Vocational Training: Sector Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on sector skills councils' targets to increase diversity.

      Vocational Training: Sector Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how sector skills councils will ensure that young women who want to go into industry can gain entry to apprenticeships and skills...

      Young People: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to bring forward proposals to levy fines on 17 and 18-year-olds who are not in education or training; and if he...

      Young People: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he plans to bring forward proposals to use criminal sanctions against (a) parents and (b) children who do not stay in...

      Young People: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he plans to bring forward proposals to withhold driving licences from people below the age of 18 years who do not...

      Young People: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what sanctions he plans for children over the age of 16 who fail to attend school or take up training should the education leaving...

      Young People: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what means local authorities have used to finance public transport discount schemes for those aged 18 years and under; and at what...

      Young People: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on careers advice for those under 19 years of age in each of the last 10 years.

      Young People: Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that all 16 to 19-year-olds in employment have access to training; and if he...

  • House of Lords

    • Palace of Westminster: Power Supply

      asked the Chairman of Committees: How many times the heavy machinery working between the Palace of Westminster and Old Palace Yard during the summer recess accidentally (a) cut off the main power...

    • Antiquities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have yet received a copy of the report, dated 27 July 2006, of a Committee of Inquiry established by University College, London (UCL), to investigate...

      Armed Forces: War Pensioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether chief executives of health authorities and trusts have complied with and are continuing to comply with the arrangements for priority treatment of war...

      Ghana: Cocoa Production

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the recent report by the Government of Ghana Ministry of Manpower, Youth and Employment, Pilot Labour Survey in Cocoa Production...

      Northern Ireland: Captain Nairac

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in light of the statement made by Mr Terry McCormick of his involvement in the kidnapping and murder of Captain Nairac, broadcast by BBC Northern Ireland...

      Northern Ireland: Extradition Requests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many extradition requests have been made to the United States authorities in respect of persons wanted in connection with the allegations of terrorist crimes...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total cost of the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland for 2006-07; what will be the cost for the current financial year; and what was...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many published reports the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland brought forward in 2006-07; how many criminal charges against police officers have been...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the total number of criminal convictions of police officers in Northern Ireland since the establishment of the Office of the Police Ombudsman for...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the total number of police personnel serving in the Royal Ulster Constabulary or Police Service of Northern Ireland during each year since the...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any members of staff in the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland have been (a) dismissed, or (b) suspended from duty or had their contracts...

      United Nations: Responsibility to Protect

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their latest assessment of the value of the United Nations doctrine of the responsibility to protect; and to what countries they have considered it relevant.

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